Sunday, 20 July 2014

weekend discoveries

a couple of exciting discoveries...

Jinbao Street chair, designed by Yabu Pushelburg 
for Avenue Road

Transmission ceiling pendant by studio deform


LOVE!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Creative Mixer

Are you a creative living in HK? Want to meet a few more HK-based creatives? Then come along to the Savvy Creative Mixer next Thursday night at Tivo.

We'll be there, and we may just have a few copies of the magazine to give away...



Monday, 14 July 2014

Loving today...

....this image from a recent residential project by one of my favorite Spanish designers, Lorenzo Castillo. The artwork placement is just perfection, and I'm loving those bright pops of colour.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Sketch


I'm heading to London for 5 days in September and, as usual, all I can think about is all the great looking restaurants that have opened since I was last there. 

The Gallery at Sketch, a collaboration between restaurateur Mourad Mazouzand and celebrated chef Pierre Gagnaire, with interiors by India Mahdavi and art by Scottish artist David Shrigley...that's a combination that's hard to resist. I am loving those zig-zag floors...and actually the combination of pink and brass is not too shabby either. Whould've thought! This one is definitely on the list...









Sunday, 6 July 2014

daydream believer...

Lately my husband and I have been discussing (read fantasizing) about buying a house in Tasmania...the apple isle, the southern most tip of Australia. A million miles from anywhere and everywhere. 

Of course the minute we started talking about it I had already mentally decorated this hypothetical space in my head. I instantly started thinking I wanted to use green. Its my favorite colour, and we don't get a lot of it in Hong Kong, so I would love to be able to surround myself with it.


"Frond" from Murobond Paints

It was only after lunch at Aberdeen Street Social on Friday that I realised how great that colour looks with smoked oak wide plank flooring.

 

As it would be a holiday house, I'm after something unpretentious, comfortable and relaxed. These are a few pics that are taking my breath away at the moment...


Two images above are a private residence by Faye Toogood




Three images above are Ett Hem in Stockholm, Sweden by Ilse Crawford


Two images above, Drift House, in Port Fairy, Australia

Who knows, but the time we actually get around to buying and decorating I'll have completely changed my mind. Several times.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Aberdeen Street Social

Yesterday I finally had lunch at Aberdeen Street Social. What was meant to be a catch up with a friend and ex-colleague over lunch turned into a 4hr session. Not a bad way to spend a Friday afternoon I'd say. Working for oneself has perks sometimes. 

Anyway, I think I may have found my new favorite restaurant in Hong Kong.  It seems chef Jason Atherton can do no wrong in this city, after the successful openings of 22 Ships and Ham & Sherry. Londoners will know him from Pollen Street Social, Berner's Tavern and several other establishments.

The restaurant is located in one of the out buildings in PMQ (the former Police Married Quarters) which is one of very few historical restoration projects in Hong Kong. The interiors are by Beijing-based duo Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Neri & Hu.

The designers have used a combination of smoked oak flooring and cabinetry, brass accents, black mirror and accents of green (which sounds like a disastrous combination) brilliantly to create something that's warm, inviting and equally unpretentious. The custom light fixtures were beautiful, and the shade of green on the ceiling has me dreaming of re-painting our apartment.

Big thumbs up from me!












Friday, 20 June 2014

Song Qi

I feel a trip to Monaco coming on....just to visit the spectacular new restaurant 'Song Qi' by Hong Kong-born London-based Alan Yau (the man also behind Wagamama and Hakkasan). I'm sure the food is great, but I really want to go to check out the stunning interiors. Created by Monaco based design duo Emil Humbert + Christophe Poyet - who were the ones behind the Beef Bar which I blogged about two years ago here - I think these two are definitely ones to watch. I'm loving the mix of brass, black & white and that green. Absolutely stunning.






Friday, 13 June 2014

Bathwares

Good morning folks! I saw this lovely little invention on Est this morning. The beautiful 'simply bathroom set' was designed by fellow Melbournians Groupwork and was exhibited at Milan this year. What a gorgeous and versatile way to organise and personalise your bathroom! I'm completely smitten!








Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Oliver Gustav

Through my internet travels I just discovered the studio of Oliver Gustav in Copenhagen. To die for! I am especially loving his curated mix of art, design, furniture and lighting. He clearly has a very honed eye. I'm particularly in love with the last 2 images...very much my colours...very much wanting to redecorate the apartment now...







Sunday, 18 May 2014

Hôtel Vernet

Sorry for the radio silence folks...we had a wonderful launch party for the magazine a few weeks back and then I flew down to Melbourne to catch up with friends and family and to get some much needed R&R.

I'm still getting through the glut that is my inbox, but in the meantime I thought I'd share some pics that I found of the newly renovated Hôtel Vernet in Paris by one of my favorite French designers, François Champsaur. Love it.

For more images of the rest of the hotel (this is just the restaurant) check out Yatzer...